California College of the Arts presents Blueprints, Blue Jeans & Bluegrass



California College of the Arts presents

Blueprints, Blue Jeans & Bluegrass

a Gala in honor of Arthur Gensler

benefitting CCA’s scholarship program


Wednesday, March 26, 2014


San Francisco, Calif., February 11, 2014–Arthur Gensler—renowned architect, founder of the global design firm Gensler, and CCA trustee—will be honored at a Gala celebration at California College of the Arts (CCA) on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. The festive event begins at 6 p.m. and features a cocktail hour, dinner catered by McCalls, and dancing to bluegrass music with dessert. It will take place on CCA’s San Francisco campus, which has received many awards for its architecture, in the spectacular Nave. Net proceeds from the event benefit the scholarship program at CCA.


The Gala is chaired by Brenda and George Jewett. George Jewett is a CCA trustee and also an alumnus, having graduated from the Architecture Program in 1996. Décor is by Stanlee Gatti. Requested attire is blue. The performers for the evening are the Brigham Brothers, a San Francisco–based band that serves up a unique blend of folk-based roots music, integrating Southern rock, bluegrass, country, zydeco, and world music into a rich musical gumbo. Read more and purchase tickets at


Arthur Gensler says: “I am pleased to serve as the honoree for the this Gala event. CCA has a rich history and a tremendous future, and I have long been impressed by the caliber of students who come from around the world to study architecture, art, design, and writing here. That is why my wife, Drue, and I began donating to CCA student scholarships back in 1994. We want to invest in the education of extraordinary young people who will become the next generation of creative leaders.”


CCA devotes 27% of its annual budget to student scholarships; two out of three students here are receiving scholarships of some kind. The college firmly believes that an excellent art and design education is not possible without a diversity of people and perspectives on campus. To achieve this goal, CCA dedicates significant institutional resources to need-based aid, and CCA’s highest fundraising priority is the scholarship fund. Financial barriers should not prevent any talented, committed student from enrolling at CCA. 


About Arthur Gensler

Arthur Gensler is the founder of the global design firm Gensler, which began in San Francisco in 1965 and now has more than 4,000 employees (including numerous CCA alumni) in 46 locations in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. He is widely credited with having elevated the field of interior design to professional standing. A multiple winner of the BusinessWeek/Architectural Record Award, Gensler is also a charter member of Interior Design magazine’s Hall of Fame. He’s received numerous awards, including Architectural Firm of the Year, the AIA’s highest honor for a collaborative practice; IIDA’s Star Award; Ernst & Young LLP’s Lifetime Achievement Award; and the Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He is a member of the CCA Board of Trustees and has given generously to CCA student scholarships for the past 20 years.


About California College of the Arts

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) offers 22 undergraduate and 12 graduate programs in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design, and writing. The college offers BFA, BA, MFA, MA, MBA, BArch, MArch, and MAAD degrees. It has campuses in San Francisco and Oakland, and currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students. CCA students are encouraged to work in an interdisciplinary manner, undertaking projects and collaborations with students in other majors and engaging with outside communities.Noted alumni include the artists Nathan Oliveira, Jules de Balincourt, Robert Arneson, Robert Bechtle, Viola Frey, and Peter Voulkos; the Oscar-winning filmmaker Audrey Marrs; the illustrator Tomie de Paola; the conceptual artists Harrell Fletcher, David Ireland, and Dennis Oppenheim; and the designers Lucille Tenazas, Michael Vanderbyl, and Gary Hutton. For more information about CCA, visit



Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 6 p.m.

California College of the Arts presents Blueprints, Blue Jeans & Bluegrass, a Gala in honor of Arthur Gensler

Location: California College for the Arts, 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco

For more info and to purchase tickets:



Brenda Tucker, 415.703.9548,

Laura Braun, 415.703.9541,